New Delhi-based electric vehicle start-up Creatara Mobility has unveiled two production-ready electric scooter prototypes - VS4 and VM4, which it expects to launch in the market in the next six to nine months.
Creatara was set up by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Vikas Gupta and Ringlarei Pamei, in 2018 to provide safe electric two-wheelers without compromising on design and performance. "Electric vehicle adoption in the two-wheeler space was initially a problem because of safety concerns and range anxiety. People also felt electric scooters have less power and are low-speed vehicles," Gupta said.
Creatara claims that the prototypes have a top speed of 100 km per hour with a 4kW motor and provide a maximum range of up to 100 km after a full charge, which takes 4-5 hours.
The prototypes have a portable battery pack, which allows it to be removed from the vehicle to charge at homes or offices. They are also working with vendors to develop swappable batteries for their vehicles.
The start-up said customisation, without compromising on safety and performance, is their unique selling point. "The models have been built on our proprietary modular vehicle platform with high voltage powertrain and suspension system. Vehicles on this platform can have customised battery packs and top speed depending on use cases and preferences."
Creatara claims that its moto-cross variant, VM4, is designed to smoothly handle rough terrains without rollbacks. "The two products have undergone several tests on different terrains, under heavy rain and temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celsius," Gupta said.
The start-up also said it has safety features such as minimum pre-defined rider weight, which ensures a minimum rider weight, restricting access to young adults, as well as state-of-the-art sensors to monitor weather and road conditions in real-time.
Currently, Creatara is in the process of getting the models certified by automotive research association of India (ARAI). The company plans to start contract manufacturing the vehicles within six to nine months. Prices of both models are yet to be unveiled. The start-up said it is in talks with component makers to reduce the cost.
Creatara won the Altair Start-up Challenge last year for optimising structural components and major systems through the early product design and development phase. The start-up also won the international centre for automotive technology (ICAT) Aspire Accelerator Cohort program.